The Road To Perseverance
People who proved they can make a difference
What is Perseverance?
Losing to Win
Imagine coming home everyday to passed out parents, drugs, alcohol, no light, water or food. This is what it’s like for the students that attend Carroll Academy. Carroll Academy is located in a small town that has an unemployment rate of 12.3% and is below the poverty line by 19.6%. Carroll Academy is located in Pennsylvania. The students that attend Carroll Academy all have something in their life that has taken a left turn. The issue is many of them take drugs, drink alcohol, or have broken the law in some way. The school is almost a rehab center. To help these kids futures, they are either court ordered to attend the school or are sent by their parents.Once the court or the parents believe the student has changed they send them back to regular school. The court usually gives the kids a certain time to change. Parents normally let them switch schools when they believe they have changed.
Some girls in the school struggle with their emotions and problems. So the school developed a basketball team. They call themselves the Lady Jags. The team only has won 6 times in 14 years. They have a losing streak of 280 losses. This team was developed so the girls could channel their emotions or anger into playing the game. They not only teach them to control their emotions on court but throughout life too. A girl that was moving back to regular school was in tears before leaving because she was so happy that they had helped her and she had a new family. The coaches all have a specific goal in mind and that’s to change the girls for the better and that’s exactly what they did.